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Weekly Highlights: April 19, 2019

Post Date:04/19/2019 11:50 AM

TOP HIGHLIGHTS

Just a reminder that you're invited to join Parks & Recreation on April 20 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. for a free Yoga class in the Garden of Five Senses to celebrate NationalParkRX Day! Don't forget to bring your mat or towel! Namaste.

Don't miss out on the free Concert in the Park coming up on Friday, May 5. Brian Keener will be performing an Elvis tribute to help celebrate the City’s 60th Anniversary. For more information, check out www.CityofNorthPort.com/Concert

Chief Karl Bennett from the Fire Department met with the Aquatics team regarding emergency operational procedures, emergency equipment recommendations, and shared training opportunities.

Parks & Grounds repaired the broken slide at Kirk Park this week! You're invited to go check it out for yourself. The park is located at 8305 Trionfo Avenue.

Completed removal of failed and high maintenance landscape plantings in the Biscayne Drive medians from Elyton Drive to US41.  Sod has been installed on these medians and staff will access locations for new tree placement.

For the period of April 1 through April 12, 2019, Facilities Maintenance received 209 new work requests and completed 121 work orders.

The Facilities Maintenance Division with the assistance of the Department of Public Work Operations and Maintenance Division and the North Port Fire Department removed the obsolete radio tower that was next to the Public Works Operations and Maintenance Building.  The metal tower was recycled by the Solid Waste Division.

NDS BUILDING - Zoning staff conducted 120 zoning related inspections

NDS PLANNING - Planning and Zoning Advisory Board Meeting to discuss Central Parc

NDS CODE ENFORCEMENT - closed 107 cases for code violations

IT Completed 51 Service Tickets.

GovQA, the new Public Records Request System, is in the final preparation stages to go live at the end of April.

Police Captains attend Acute System Task Force meeting.

Oral Boards applicants interviewed for Police Records Technician position.

Oral Boards applicants interviewed for Police Commander position.

Executive staff attend Southwest Florida Police Chief's meeting.

Budget staff received Fiscal Year 2019-2020 department requests for review.

Payroll staff participated in the American Payroll Association webinar "Increase Your Chances of Passing the APA's Certification Exams with PayTrain".

Accounting staff participated the Florida Governmental Finance Officers Association webinar "Fraud, Automated Controls, and Cybersecurity Risks and Responses".

Staff met with engineers for the design kick off meeting for the Salford/Snover Bridge Crossing Water Main Replacement

Staff travelled to Tampa to the Florida Water Environment Association awards where they received 1st runner up in the Earle B. Phelps Award which annually recognizes wastewater treatment facilities, which have maintained the highest removal of major pollution-causing constituents prior to discharging, treated effluent to receiving waters.

North Port Fire Rescue personnel responded to 183 incidents. These responses included, seven outside fire, 132 EMS calls, two hazardous conditions, 22 service calls, 11 good intent calls, and nine false alarms.

WEEKLY RUNDOWN

PUBLIC WORKS

  • Toledo Blade Boulevard irrigation system repairs are progressing with all pump stations now up and running. The contractor now is going through the system identifying and repairing control valve, broken pipes, spray heads and timer issues.
  • The Operations and Maintenance staff completed the tree trimming in the City Hall parking areas.
  • A total of 15,424 Linear Feet was put on grade between April 1, 2019, and April 12, 2019.
  • The Operations and Maintenance staff cleared 75 drainage pipes with the Ram-Jet.

NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

PLANNING

  • Historic & Cultural Advisory Board Meeting
  • NexCore Senior Living Project Review
  • Charlotte County MPO TAC at the Eastport environmental campus
  • ULDC Rewrite Meeting

CODE ENFORCEMENT

  • 119         Initial Inspections
  • 5         Verbal Warnings
  • 124         Notices of Public Nuisance
  • 168         Re-inspections
  • 107         Cases Closed
  • 298         Telephone Calls
  • BUILDING
  • Issued 34 new house permits
  • Issued 57 miscellaneous permits
  • reviewed 25 spot surveys
  • reviewed 32 as built surveys 

SOCIAL SERVICES

  • Staff completed 11 LIHEAP financial applications utilizing external funding
  • Staff distributed five bags of hygiene products donated by the Back Pack Angels
  • Staff referred two clients to St. Vincent De Paul for NPU assistance utilizing external funding
  • Staff completed 70 information requests to the general public
  • Staff completed 11 prescreens for financial assistance

IT

  • IT continues the implementation projects of TRACKiT and GovQA
  • IT Continues the planning of the connectivity infrastructure for the West Villages Wastewater Plant Project and the co-locating of Fire 26/86 Stations.

POLICE

  • Telecommunications - 530 - Calls for service, 54 - Calls via 911, 6:40 - Average "call received to 1st dispatch”
  • Records - 5 extensive public records requests

FINANCE

  • Processed 131 invoices and paid 68 vendors totaling $849,299.38 for goods and services provided to the City.
  • Processed $1,172,763.54 in cash receipts from utility payments, Warm Mineral Springs, and other miscellaneous sources.
  • Purchasing staff processed 5 purchase orders, 9 p-card approvals, and 35 vendor/contract updates.
  • Payroll staff processed payroll for 637 employees.
  • Performed cash receipts daily.
  • Audited p-card statements.

PARKS AND REC

  • GMAC Summer Camp registration is up 26% from the same time last year and teen camp registrations are up 30%.  Camp openings are filling up fast so register today! For camp and registration information, check out www.CityofNorthPort.com/Camp.
  • Parks & Recreation staff processed 24 Achieve Anything memberships consisting of 6 annual memberships, 10 one-month memberships, 2 three-month memberships, 4 D-Fy memberships, and 2 city employee memberships. 
  • A total of 1,496 membership and daily/drop-in visits were made to the Morgan and Mullen Community Centers.
  • There were 20 facility rentals for a total of 54.5 hours, 13 Scout House rentals for a total of 24 hours, and 11 pavilion rentals for a total of 32 hours.
  • Parks & Recreation staff facilitated 11.75 hours of community service at the Community Centers this week.
  • Parks & Recreation staff received 6 High Fives this week. High Fives recognize employees who go above and beyond to serve the public and their co-workers.
  • The Flashlight Egg Hunt was held on April 12, with 1,400 people attending. Attendees enjoyed pictures with the Easter Bunny, with some lucky participants walking away with one of the 286 donated baskets.
  • The Eggnormous Egg Hunt was held on April 13 at 10am, with more than 1,000 people in attendance. Attendees enjoyed pictures with the Easter Bunny, with some lucky participants walking away with one of the 286 donated baskets.
  • 25 teens participated in a fun round of Dodge Ball on April 16.
  • Parks & Recreation is applying for CAPRA accreditation. All of the necessary documents have been compiled and the self-assessment was sent in for initial review this past week.  Upon initial review approval, an on-site visit will be scheduled.
  • The Aquatics team received the second level of Rec Track training and are preparing to begin loading Swim Lesson Classes and Water Aerobics information into the system.
  • Aquatics also reached out to other local facilities on Swim Team needs, to ensure the Department can provide the North Port Swim team the best possible support.
  • Chief Karl Bennett from the Fire Department met with the Aquatics team regarding emergency operational procedures, emergency equipment recommendations, and shared training opportunities.
  • Aquatics also met with Jennifer Clemente from the Florida Department of Health, to ensure the team is creating the required safety and operating requirements per DOH recommendations.
  • Progress continues on the North Port Aquatic Center. For the latest photos and construction updates, head to www.CityofNorthPort.com/Pool.
  • Mulch, Mulch, Baby. Parks & Grounds completed a lot of landscaping this week. They added new mulch around the pavilion at Blue Ridge Park and around the Al Goll Building. They trimmed trees at the Canine Club Dog Park and at Larry Thoennissen Fields. In addition, they also added new shrubs at the Canine Club.
  • Parks & Grounds located a broken water supply line to a drinking fountain at Dallas White Park. That area is currently dug up so repairs can begin.
  • The team removed the shade material from the Mullen Center Playground. It will be repaired and replaced so kids (and parents/guardians) can stay cool in the shade this summer.
  • Communications & Outreach added a new 'Your Local Parks Page' to the website. This easy to use feature allows you to search all of the available local parks based on the amenities you're looking for. Check it out at www.CityofNorthPort.com/MyLocalParks
  • Service before Self! Staff gave a presentation to the local North Port Rotary Club this past week, detailing all of the fun upcoming projects, special events, and programs available to the community.
  • Staff will be at the upcoming Career Day at North Port High School next Friday, April 26 from 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Information about current and upcoming job opportunities with the Summer Camp programs and Aquatic Center will be shared.

UTILITIES

  • Engineering division witnessed water main tie ins at The Preserve phase 3.
  • Engineering attended the Price Blvd Widening 90% plans meeting.
  • Engineering division also attended Planning and Zoning advisory board meeting on Central Parc development presentation.
  • The City of North Port jumped into the #3 position in the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation which continues through the month of April atwww.MyWaterPledge.com.
  • Four permanent bypass pumps were delivered to key lift stations.
  • Staff attended the American Society of Civil Engineers monthly meeting.
  • Staff participated in webinars regarding cyber security and fraud in automated control systems.
  • Field operations continues to replace residential meters throughout the service area.

FIRE RESCUE

  • North Port residents called in 28 smoke detector service requests. Fire Rescue personnel checked 136 detectors, replaced 131 batteries, and installed three detectors.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel approved and processed 25 P-card/invoice transactions/ invoices totaling $37,894.08 for goods and services.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel purchased $1,996.96 in EMS supplies and pharmaceuticals.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel and S.O.G. committee continue developing and updating the department Standard Operating Guidelines (S.O.G.’s).
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel attended the new CAD and mobile dispatch meeting at the Sarasota County Emergency Operations Center.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel conducted fire inspector interviews.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel attended the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel attended a hurricane drill scenario meeting at the Sarasota County Emergency Operations Center (SCEOC).
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel went to Daytona to inspect the 1946 seagrave pumper truck progress (being restored).
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel attended training and testing conducted by the department medical director.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel attended Stop-The-Bleed Train-The-Trainer course hosted by Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel provided EMS coverage for a high school baseball game held at the Atlanta Braves Cool Today Park.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel provided a station tour for children from Toledo Blade Elementary School.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel conducted code research and review concerning fire and life safety inquiries.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel investigated and followed up on two complaints regarding fire and life safety conditions or deficiencies.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel attended the Florida Fire Marshal’s and Inspectors Association seminar regarding Public Safety In-Building Design and Plan Review (DAS).
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel conducted and completed one special event permit fire and life safety inspection.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel completed four commercial plan reviews.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel reviewed and approved one special event permit.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel attended two formal consultations with the Atlanta Braves representatives regarding their project.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel completed one infrastructure plan review and one sub-division concept plan review for the Islandwalk at the West Villages, Phase 6; INF-17-195 and SCP-17-196.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel conducted and completed one fire and life safety inspection and one fire underground rough inspection.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel conducted and completed 39 annual and 24 follow-up inspections.
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